At Mobilitie, we take pride in our people-first culture and want to recognize our team members for their contributions and accomplishments. We’re back with another installment in our “Meet Mobilitie” blog series, which highlights the people on our team and the value they bring to the Mobilitie.
Paul Gerst, Senior Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, has been with Mobilitie since 2017. Paul is the ultimate team player, offering legal advice as well as supporting project teams. When he’s not working on Mobilitie’s tower portfolio he can be found starting a new home improvement project.
What is your role/what are your responsibilities with Mobilitie?
As Senior Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, I provide legal advice and support to project teams for Mobilitie’s tower portfolio, including both traditional “macro” towers and small cells.
On a day-to-day basis I answer a wide variety of legal questions such as – rights and obligations, as well as right-of-way access and pole attachment issues impacting our small cell locations.
Additionally, as Chief Compliance Officer, I provide legal support and advice for all regulatory compliance issues at federal (FCC) and state level related to development of towers, small cells and DAS venues.
What’s one thing you love about Mobilitie?
Here at Mobilitie, we are not only building networks together, we’re also building a business together. Nearly everyday there is a new challenge that needs a solution, and we are able to use both creativity and collaboration to solve it together.
What’s one thing you’re proud of during your time at Mobilitie? Or, what’s been one of your favorite projects/deployments at Mobilitie?
My favorite projects usually include tower build agreements. Each new network build agreement is a plan, just like a set of drawings, and working with all the different Mobilitie departments to take each agreement from plan to completion – from zero to 250 sites for Bug Tussel, or from zero to 9000+ sites for the small cell portfolio – each one is exciting.
In your career, what have you found to be the biggest takeaway that you want others to know?
Figure out the why. Understand why you are doing what you are doing. Once you understand why something needs to be done, you can figure out how to do it faster, better, or cheaper.
Outside of work, what is something you enjoy doing in your free time?/Do you have a particular passion or hobby?
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, whether it’s helping my daughter or son with their homework or just splashing in the pool. And while I wouldn’t consider it a “passion”, I have become quite skilled at repairing my kids’ Xbox controllers and RC race cars.
What would the perfect weekend consist of?
I do enjoy a long weekend home improvement project. Planning, budgeting, and building a DIY project, and then actually having it work and look good at the same time, is awesome. Except for plumbing – always call a plumber for those projects.
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